6.3% last year. cheap labor is a big attraction for foreign companies. bangladesh is home to more than 4,000 garment factories, and clothing accounts for about 80% of exports. concerns about labor conditions were exposed in tragic circumstances when a factory collapsed, killing in are than 1,100 people. a fire at another garment factory last november killed 112 workers. the accidents triggered calls from around the world for bangladesh to make immediate improvements to working conditions. that wraps it up in bangkok. emerging economic powers still struggling with poverty. emboldened citizens still demanding democracy, the threat of violence, the push for peace, the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok, only on nhk "newsline."